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G20 endorses international wheat improvement effort to improve food security

Agriculture Ministers from the G20 group of nations have adopted the International Research Initiative for Wheat Improvement (IRIWI), which will be funded for coordination activity in part by BBSRC. The historic agreement between the Ministers of Agriculture of the G20 in Paris underlines the importance of increasing world agricultural production, in particular that of wheat, to...
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World livestock sector - FAO publication

I have recently been informed about a FAO publication titled " Livestock in the balance ". This lengthy report provides an analysis of the world livestock sector, and important changes to this sector. The report has sections covering “Change in the livestock sector”, “Livestock, Food security and poverty reduction”, “Livestock and the...
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Anti-aphid GM wheat trial awaits approval...

A field test of an experimental GM wheat is awaiting government approval. If approved the trial would begin in March 2012 and would be one of only three GM field trials running in the UK (the other two are testing different varieties of GM potatoes). Though at present no GM crops are grown commercially in the UK they are grown extensively in other parts of the world - notably the...
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New 'super' wheat variety boosts yields

New varieties of wheat have been produced which are resistant to the deadly stem rust fungus Ug99. First discovered in Africa 13 years ago, Ug 99 has spread throughout East and Southern Africa. These new wheat varieties are also resistant to stripe (or yellow) rust which has wiped out about 40% of harvests in Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. They were developed by...
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Biological control of poultry mites?

Poultry mites are an ectoparasite that can cause significant problems for poultry and poultry keepers - particularly for layer hens. Science Daily has picked up on a paper published in Parasitology in March that proposes a biological control method instead of the use of pesticides. Mites do survive for quite some time in empty poultry houses; they are difficult to eradicate and then...
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Humanised cows milk from GM cows a step nearer

Professor Ning Li from the Chinese Agricultural University (and one of our collaborators in the SABRE EU Project ) has, according to this article in the Sunday Telegraph, produced over 300 GM dairy cows. The aim of the research seems to be to have cows that produce a more suitable milk for human infants (or humanised cows milk). The most recent cows are 17 clones transgenic for human...
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New £3.5m investment in Animal Science, Animal Health and Welfare, and Food and Drink

The Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs minister Richard Lochhead this week announced that more than £3.5 million will be invested in research funding as follows: • £1 million to forge a Strategic Partnership in Animal Science Excellence ( SPASE ), linking science and business in the animal health sector • £1.5 million to build on the...
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New Animal Breeding and Genetics website

A new website called the “Animal Breeding and Genetics Hub” has been launched, which aims to act as a hub linking to other animal breeding and genetics websites. The site has links to courses, conferences, mailing lists, and sites about software, as well as other relevant information. For more details, please see: http://www.netvibes.com/ABG-Hub
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New £7m wheat pre-breeding programme funded by BBSRC

BBSRC announced today (21 February) a grant of £7m to a consortium of research groups (led by Professor Graham Moore of the John Innes Centre) to increase diversity of wheat available to breeders through a pre-breeding programme. More details, including a list of the main participants in the consortium can be found here on the BBSRC website .
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2011 Update of USDA Agricultural Thesaurus and Glossary Now Online

The U.S. Department of Agriculture 's National Agricultural Library (NAL) has released the 2011 edition of the on-line NAL Agricultural Thesaurus and Glossary (NALT), which adds 3,441 new terms and 321 definitions. The Thesaurus and Glossary contains over 80,000 terms and 33,000 cross references and is available in English and Spanish. It can be browsed by 17...
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